France to strengthen border controls, extend curfew

French Prime Minister Jean Castex addresses a press conference in Paris, France 14 January 2021. [EPA-EFE/THOMAS COEX]

France will adopt a 6pm nationwide curfew “for at least 15 days” as of Saturday, “tighten the conditions of entry into the national territory and strengthen border controls,” Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday evening while listing France’s new restrictions.

This means that all travellers from outside the EU will have to present a negative COVID-19 test before departure as of Monday.

With the new COVID strain found in the UK, the French government, which updates the country on the pandemic’s evolution each day, has this time decided to seriously address the issue of border controls.  

“Every day, there are between 200 and 300 new contaminations with the English variant in France,” said Health Minister Olivier Véran, who was alongside Castex. As for the South African variant, the minister recalled that “only a few cases of this variant have been detected”.

(Lucie Duboua-Lorsch  |

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